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Mona Hatoum @ Tate Modern / until 21st August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am – 6pm, Fri and Sat until 10pm

@ Tate Modern, Bankside London SE1 9TG

Tickets: £14.50 book online

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/mona-hatoum

A comprehensive exploration into 35 years of Hatoum’s work in Britain, from her early performance and video works to her sculpture and large-scale installation.

Mona Hatoum settled in England in 1975. Her work creates a challenging vision of our world, exposing its contradictions and complexities, often making the familiar uncanny. Through the juxtaposition of opposites such as beauty and horror, she engages us in conflicting emotions of desire and revulsion, fear and fascination.

Pedro Almodóvar season @ BFI / until 5th October 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various times

@ BFI Southbank, South Block, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT

Tickets: 3 for £21 book online (use promo code ‘Almodóvar’)

www.bfi.org.uk

The season will include on-stage appearances from directors Pedro Almodóvar and Pablo Berger, actor Rossy de Palma and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

No one makes films quite like Pedro Almodóvar. His remarkable body of work embraces melodrama, screwball comedy, noir and sci-fi, all worked through with a magical imagination that has produced a genre all of its own – it’s what the Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante termed Almodrama. Almodóvar’s cinema is rightly celebrated for its irreverence and wit, its humour and humanity, and for the plethora of beguiling characters that live on in our imaginations – from Chus Lampreave’s quirky grandmother in What Have I Done to Deserve This? to Carmen Maura’s warm and witty Pepa in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. This is a chance to relive his films anew – tales of transformation and renovation realised with a deftness of touch that Almodóvar has made all his own.

BFI Southbank is running a season dedicated to one of contemporary cinema’s most unique and talented filmmakers Pedro Almodóvar. The season will include an extensive events programme with on-stage appearances from Almodóvar, actor Rossy de Palma and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and more special guests.

Running alongside the Almodóvar film programme will be a series of 13 Spanish films which Almodóvar has personally selected to screen at BFI Southbank, all of which he holds great admiration for, and have been inspirational to him.

Encampment @ Somerset House / until Sunday 7th August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10.00-18.00

@ Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/encampment

Having set up a theatre of hope in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp, Good Chance are at Somerset House as part of the Utopia season with two projects that seek to reinvigorate the dialogue on displacement and asylum and to offer a space to listen, learn and take action towards a better future together.

The Machine To Be Another is an interactive virtual reality experience designed to explore the experience of living in a refugee camp and build understanding of the implications of displacement. Encampment Installation takes over Lancaster Place with an encampment of tents and wooden shelters which people are forced to make their homes in the Calais “Jungle” refugee camp.

BeAnotherLab presents The Machine To Be Another
A series of Embodied Narratives that allow audience members to virtually inhabit the body of another person and experience their perspective of camp life. Hear the stories and step into the shoes of workers, volunteers and refugees around the world to understand more about day to day life in a refugee camp.

Encampment Installation
Walk among the tents and look inside the shelters which people are forced to make their homes in the Calais “Jungle” refugee camp for indefinable lengths of time. Who were the people that made these spaces their homes? Where are they now?

Discorobics and Disco Yoga @ Brixton Beach Boulevard / until end of August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Discorobics on Saturdays at 10am
Discorobics on Saturdays at 10am

@ Brixton Beach Boulevard, Pope’s Road, Brixton, London SW9 8JH

Tickets: £10 per person with a complimentary ‘What a Melon’ juice drink

Head down to Brixton Beach Boulevard to get fit, 80’s Miami style, with disco-fuelled workout classes! Discorobics, a class that mixes disco with aerobics, will be held on Saturday mornings and a more relaxing option of disco yoga will be held on Tuesday evenings.

Discorobics on Saturdays at 10am
6th August
13th August
20th August

Discorobics on Saturdays at 10am
9th August
16th August
23rd August

Jorge Otero-Pailos: The Ethics of Dust @ Houses of Parliament / until 1st September 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm

@ Houses of Parliament, Westminster Hall, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Tickets: free, book online

www.artangel.org.uk
www.parliament.uk

Commissioned and produced by Artangel, this temporary art installation was created by artist, architect and conservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos. The artwork is a 50 metre long translucent latex cast of Westminster Hall’s east wall and contains hundreds of years of surface pollution and dust.

Suspended from the hall’s magnificent 28-metre high hammerbeam roof, the latex sheet contains innumerable particles of dust, soot and dirt gently lifted from the wall during the sensitive cleaning process.

Summer Exhibition 2016 @ Royal Academy of Arts / until 21st August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sunday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
Saturday 10am – 10pm

@ Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly London W1J 0BD

Tickets: £13.50 book online

www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2016

Discover exciting new talent alongside established stars of the art world at the annual Summer Exhibition. With over 1,200 works showcasing everything from watercolour paintings to videos and photography there is something for everyone.

Famous as the world’s largest open submission show, there are certain things the Summer Exhibition delivers on every single year: a panorama of art in all mediums, a remarkable mixture of emerging artists and household names, and more to see and explore than any other exhibition you’re likely to visit this year.

Keep a particular look out for work by some of the art world’s most successful artistic duos – specially invited by Richard Wilson RA – whose work is dispersed throughout. Highlights include a large-scale suspended kite sculpture by Heather and Ivan Morison, sculpture by brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman, and an atmospheric photographic installation from Jane and Louise Wilson.

Alex Katz: Quick Light @ Serpentine Gallery / until 11th September 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm (closed Mondays)

@ Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

Free entry

www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/alex-katz-quick-light

The Serpentine presents the work of renowned American painter Alex Katz (b. 1927, Brooklyn, New York). This exhibition brings together Katz’s extraordinarily productive output of recent years alongside works from across his career in an installation that responds and relates to the unique context of the Serpentine Gallery.

Coming of age as an artist in 1950s New York, Katz developed his unique approach to contemporary representational painting during the height of Abstract Expressionism.

Over the five and a half decades since his first exhibition in 1954, Katz has produced a celebrated body of work, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints. Establishing himself as a pre-eminent painter of modern life, he was influenced by films, billboard advertising, music, poetry and his close circle of friends and family. His portraits and landscapes are characterised by their flatness of colour and fluidity of line, reinventing both genres within the context of abstract painting and contemporary image-making.

The Serpentine exhibition takes landscape as its focus, bringing together Katz’s extraordinarily productive output of recent years alongside select works from the past two decades. Katz’s landscape paintings exemplify his life-long quest to capture the present tense in paint. Regardless of their scale, Katz describes these paintings as ‘environmental’ in the way in which they envelop the viewer. Defined by temporal qualities of light, times of the day and the changing of the seasons, these paintings respond and relate to the unique context of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. The exhibition will also include a recent series of portraits.

Katz draws parallels between his approach to painting and his interest in poetry, both equally concerned with stripping away unnecessary detail to leave only the essential information. This relationship between language and the painting process is echoed in the work of painter, poet and filmmaker Etel Adnan, showing in parallel at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, whose landscapes are similarly defined by their bold colour and simplified form that is nevertheless rooted in keen observation of the world around her.

🔊 Detroit: Techno City @ ICA / until 25th September 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Closed on Mondays
11am – 6pm (Thursday 11am – 9pm)

@ ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Entry £1 day membership

www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/detroit-techno-city

A studied look at the evolution and subsequent dispersion of Detroit Techno music. This term, coined in the 1980s, reflects the musical and social influences that informed early experiments in merging the sounds of synth-pop and disco with funk to create this distinct music genre.

For the first time in the UK, this exhibition charts a timeline of Detroit Techno music from its 1970s origins, continuing through to the early 1990s. The genre has its origins in the disco parties of Ken Collier with influence from local radio stations and DJs, such as Electrifying Mojo and The Wizard (aka Jeff Mills).

It explores how a generation was inspired to create a new kind of electronic music that was evidenced in the formative UK compilation Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit (10 Records, 1988). Using inexpensive analogue technology such as the Roland TR-808 and 909, DJs and producers including Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson formed this seminal music genre.

Although the music failed to gain mainstream audiences in the US, it became a phenomenon in Europe. This success established Detroit Techno as a new strand of music which absorbed European tastes and influences. This introduced a second wave of DJs and producers to the sound including Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin and Kenny Larkin.

The display concludes with a focus on Underground Resistance, a collection of DJs and artists including Mike Banks, John Collins, Robert Hood and Jeff Mills (until his departure in 1992). Their collective ambition was to challenge the commercial mainstream entertainment industry and re-establish Detroit techno music’s authenticity with an emphasis on the city as a source of inspiration.

To accompany the exhibition the ICA presents a season of online programmes featuring Detroit artists from the past and present on NTS Radio.

Afropunk @ Alexandra Palace / 24th September 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: till late!

@ Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

Tickets: £60.50 book online

www.afropunkfest.com/london
www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/afropunk

POWER TO THE PARTY! For over 13 years, AFROPUNK has been defining culture in the music world; a triumph of multicultur-alism and diversity for people of all races, genders, and tastes. Now with AFROPUNK events in BROOKLYN, ATLANTA and PARIS, the team can reveal it’s first UK edition, taking place at Alexandra Palace September 24th, 2016.

The festival celebrates multiculturalism and diversity announces a fresh bill of talent, with one of the most iconic performing artists of all time headlining: Grace Jones. Joining Grace are Laura Mvula, Kwabs, The Noisettes, Loyle Carner, Goldlink, Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Hannah Faith, Eden Hagos, MNEK, Lady Leshurr, Skinny Girl Diet, Jorja Smith, Big Joanie, Nova Twins, The Connectors, Mikel Ameen and more across the day. On top of this, there’ll be the SpinThrift Market hosting traders who make bespoke goods, crafts, and textiles, plus a curated food truck rally, pop up restaurants, arts and more.

An icon at the heart of the art, fashion and music worlds across four decades, Grace Jones will headline the first AFROPUNK London with a cosmic performance. Since the seventies Grace has carved her path as a true creator. Birmingham signer / songwriter Laura Mvula joins, her rich tones set for a soul-searching show. Neo-soul comes from South-London boy Kwabs, and energetic indie-punk from The Noisettes reunion. Rising star Loyle Carner adds a thoughtful, unplugged element, whilst rapper Goldlink’s electronic-infused hip-hop sounds make a welcome US addition.

Soulection members Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Hannah Faith and Eden Hagos all step up to represent eclectic hip-hop beats, plus super-producer and London local MNEK will bring a twist of all things electronic to Alexandra Palace. One of the leading lights in the MC game, female rapper Lady Leshurr brings bars for days, then punk spirit shines through on Stage Three with Skinny Girl Diet, Big Joanie, Nova Twins and the The Connectors plugging in across the day. Also announced are emerging London songstress Jorja Smith, and rap protege Mikel Ameen. All this on top of the already massive bill, including SZA, Akala – B.A.D, Dreadzone Riddim Section – Don Letts, Benjamin Booker, GAIKA, Ho99o9, Purple Ferdinand, NTS Radio + more.

AFROPUNK’s message is about “POWER TO THE PARTY,” encompassing education, political awareness and self-empowerment. Respect, breaking down stereotypes, and celebrating individuality are key to the AFROPUNK ethos, and it’s a ‘safe space / no hate’ zone for creativity. London’s first edition will welcome souls from all cultures and backgrounds for a day of positive energy and next-level entertainment. Get a feel for the AFROPUNK spirit by checking the video here.

Power to the Party means trusting the friction, the transference of great capacity to the free spirit, belief in the high-heeled spark of the assembly, and the group mind’s ability to choose a glorious path. This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim. Join the party and feel its power.

A special homecoming for Hackney born AFROPUNK founder Matthew Morgan, London’s edition is one that’ll be significant for the festival organisers. On top of the music across the day, Alexandra Palace will play host to a vibrant space filled with artists, designers, exhibitions and food vendors, who’ll host a full agenda of extra activities. Attendees are encouraged to jump in and become a part of the AFROPUNK community through on-site pop-ups, art and stalls – it’s about creating an extended family of AFROPUNK with a united voice to be heard and celebrated. Partners for the UK’s first year include pioneering radio station NTS Radio, CRACK and a special stage partner TBA. On-site arts, stalls, food, DJ sets and more to be announced.

Full line-up:
Grace Jones
Laura Mvula
WORD SOUND POWER feat Akala, B.A.D/Dreadzone & Don Letts
SZA
Kwabs
Benjamin Booke
The Noisettes
Loyle Carner
Goldlink
NTS Radio
Soulection
Joe Kay
The Whooligan
Hannah Faith
Eden Hagos
MNEK
Lady Leshurr

Pokémon GO: Lure Party @ Trafalgar Square / Saturday 23rd July 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 2pm

@ Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN

Free, just turn up!

www.pokemon.com

Join thousands of fans and lure Pokémon.

Make sure your phone is fully charged and wear suncream!

Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices. With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO is built on Niantic’s Real World Gaming Platform and will use real locations to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon. Pokémon GO allows you to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokémon as you explore your surroundings.

The Pokémon video game series has used real-world locations such as the Hokkaido and Kanto regions of Japan, New York, and Paris as inspiration for the fantasy settings in which its games take place. In Pokémon GO, the real world will be the setting!

Get on your feet and step outside to find and catch wild Pokémon. Explore cities and towns around where you live and even around the globe to capture as many Pokémon as you can. As you move around, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you’re near a Pokémon. Once you’ve encountered a Pokémon, take aim on your smartphone’s touch screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it. Be careful when you try to catch it, or it might run away! Also look for PokéStops located at interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments, where you can collect more Poké Balls and other items.

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